Julianne Moore to Play President Alma Coin in ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’?

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 16th, 2014 at 9:24 am,

Julianne Moore in Game Change Julianne Moore to Play President Alma Coin in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay?

The release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is still several months away, but recent confirmation that Lionsgate will debut new footage of the film at Comic-Con has sparked discussion on the franchise once again.

Based on the best-selling young adult series, The Hunger Games is perhaps best known for propelling Jennifer Lawrence from up-and-comer to bonafide superstar (her subsequent Oscar win for Silver Linings Playbook only cemented it). However, in addition to young stars like Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, the films have managed to snag top-notch supporting players like Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Now it appears another acclaimed talent has joined the franchise’s ensemble cast.

Deadline reports that Oscar-nominated star Julianne Moore may be joining the cast of the third and fourth films, both based on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. Moore would play the pivotal role of President Alma Coin, a key figure in the rebellion against the Capitol.

Moore is, of course, a longtime veteran of film and television, having starred in films like Boogie Nights, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and The Big Lebowski. More recently, she starred in the HBO film Game Change as Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, earning both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her performance.

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Danny Strong and Julianne Moore on the set of ‘Game Change’

Interestingly enough, Moore’s role in Game Change may serve as a strong precursor to joining the Hunger Games franchise. In that film, she appeared opposite Hunger Games star Woody Harrelson, and Game Change writer Danny Strong is currently scripting both halves of Mockingjay. Plus, add to that the fact that Moore played a controversial politician in Game Change, and her role in Mockingjay makes even more sense.

Much like the Harry Potter series, The Hunger Games has smartly decided to counter-balance its young lead cast by surrounding them with a number of established performers to help lend the proceedings a certain amount of gravitas that would otherwise be lacking from a young adult series taken to the big screen (looking at you, Twilight).

Still, Moore may not be the first person one would think of for the role of President Coin. Some are sure to have seen someone like Glenn Close as a better fit, but Moore is just as capable an actress and will surely rise to the occasion, should she officially land the part.

Do you think Moore is the right actress to play President Coin in both parts of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay? Let us know in the comments below.


The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens in regular and IMAX theaters on November 22, 2013.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 releases on November 21, 2014, while Part 2 opens November 20, 2015.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Not how I pictured her at all

    • So did I! So +1 on that.

  2. Moore also played one of Josh Hutcherson’s moms in The Kids Are All Right. I think she will be excellent as Coin.

  3. That’s weird, I don’t remember an Alma Coin from the book.

    • I dont remember a lot from the 2nd and 3rd book. I loved the first one and it went downhill from there

      • Well for me the second was the best. The third was the weakest.

  4. Actually, I thought that picture of that chick was Sarah Palin????

  5. In terms of acting, she would do a phenomenal job. I kinda pictured Sigourney Weaver or Helen Mirren, but Julia ne would do great.

  6. I caught the trailer for “Catching Fire” in front of Man of Steel. I could not believe my eyes – it looks craptastically awful.

    Jennifer better be wearing something revealing, that’s all I am sayin’. I mean, if George and Steve are right and tickets will cost 50 bucks a pop, I’d like to see her naked. I’m just being honest. 50 dollars is a lot of money.

  7. Well, Julianne would be good but,I think Tilda Wilson would be better, or maybe Sigourney Weaver.

  8. Call me crazy, but I pictured President Coin as Kathy Bates. Visualized Kathy Bates the whole time I was reading Mockingjay. So, when they said Julianne Moore I was like…um. What? Definitely nowhere on the list of possible actresses that I would’ve considered. But I agree. She will definitely rise to the occasion; she’s a phenomenal actress.

  9. Me to. If Kathy Bates doesn’t play Coin it will be hard to get used to Coin looking different.

  10. She is EXACTLY who I pictured as Coin!!! Her or Femka Jennsen, but I am completely excited for Moore.

  11. I’m so happy that Moore who play the role of Coin, she’s perfect and I consider her one of the best actresses. Very good cast are forming for the last two movies of The Hunger Games.:D

  12. She doesn’t look nasty or scary enough to play Coin, I was expecting someone older and much more stern looking though red hair is defiantly how I pictured her! :) catching fire was amazing by the way, just seen it! 😀

  13. I imagined Sigourney Weaver as Coin, but I’m sure Julianne will be able to rise to the occasion and become an awesome Coin!!

  14. This is NOT who I envisioned when reading Mockingjay as President Coin!! Julianne Moore is too pretty and feminine for the role of a stark, stern, emotionless President of District 13. My vote for actress to portray Coin is Cherry Jones. (She played Pamela Duncan from “Erin Brokovich” who was reluctant to sign the petition for the lawsuit – a real, cool lady!) She totally has the “look” of someone you don’t want to mess with!

  15. You’re right, Cherry Jones would have been perfect

  16. i can imagine jodie foster playing this role perfectly.

  17. OMG, she looks like Sara Palin. LOL